Guest Artist and FSU Alum Matt Merchant to Appear in Rock Musical
Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a rock musical by Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee April 19 at 2 p.m., all in the Performing Arts Center. Referred to by Newsday as “90 thoroughly audacious, politically savvy, politically incorrect minutes,” FSU’s production will star guest artist and FSU alum Matt Merchant in the title role.
Directed by Darrell Rushton with musical direction by Chris McCabe, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” reinvents the seventh president of the U.S. as an emo-rock star rebel. The story follows Jackson from his childhood on the wild frontier to his aggressive rise to power battling the British, annihilating Native American territories and dominating the presidency. This high-energy concert examines the populist movement of “Old Hickory,” drawing parallels to today’s political culture. With tongue-in-cheek humor, bawdy innuendo and a rock band pounding out angst-driven beats, it is sure to change the way audiences look at their twenty-dollar bills.
Merchant, a Los Angeles-based actor, returns to Western Maryland after performing on FSU’s stage nearly 20 years ago. A member of the California-based and award-winning Troubador Theatre Company, Merchant is credited for helping to create original pieces with the company, including “As U2 Like It,” “It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life” and “A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream.” Through a collaboration with Garry Marshall and Paul Williams, Merchant created characters for the national tour of “Happy Days: A New Musical.” In addition to performing in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Merchant will work side by side with faculty and students on a series of workshops during his residency. He appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
The performance is recommended for mature audiences ages 18 and up.
Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students. For more information, contact the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
Drama Theatre, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg